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Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Javier Gonzales Comes Out, New Mexico Voters OK With It

javier_GonzalesJavier Gonzales, a former state Democratic Party chairman and a candidate for mayor of Santa Fe, has come out in a blog post he wrote about growing up gay and the struggle to accept his sexual orientation.

Gonzales’ essay was posted Wednesday on FamiliaEsFamilia, a website for LGBT Latinos. He wrote:

You see, when you come from a traditional family with deep roots in this community, the process of accepting that you are gay is complicated with fears about disappointing those you love, or becoming disconnected with a sense of place that is as much a part of me as my sexuality.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that reaction to Gonzales’ coming out has been well received by followers on social media.

“Based on the reaction today, it reflects the beauty of our families in Northern New Mexico to accept our sons and daughters for who they are,” Gonzales said, adding that it’s shown him “it is important for people to step out and to stand up and be proud of who they are and to be able to share it with their community.”

Along with City Councilor Patti Bushee, Gonzales is one of two openly gay candidates running for mayor of Santa Fe.

On:           Aug 23, 2013
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    • Dakotahgeo

      Yet ANOTHER great example of out and proud great citizens of our great country! (And you thought we were allll in the closet… ROFLMBO!! Best wishes on your gubernatorial race, Mr. Gonzalez!!!

      Aug 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming

      Is everybody gay?

      Aug 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • twoguysbrooklyn

      Doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes, either.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JDJase

      @yaoming: you better be quoting Joan Cusack!

      Aug 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming

      @JDJase: I am. It’s the first thing I thought of when I read that two of the candidates are gay.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BJ McFrisky

      Makes me want to move to Santa Fe.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      @yaoming: Well, we marvelous GLBT people TRIED to warn you that the percentage was 9-10% of the population, but would y’all listen??? NOOOOOOOO!!! So now you learn the hard way! Pity!

      Aug 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      @twoguysbrooklyn: ;-)

      Aug 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JDJase

      @BJ McFrisky: I love Santa Fe. If I ever had the desire to move to a small city, Santa Fe would absolutely be my first choice.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gordon

      @twoguysbrooklyn: You’ve got that right! Woof!

      Aug 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff B

      I’m only commenting here because my partner doesn’t come on this site, but if I were single…..Yowza!

      Aug 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38

      @Geoff B: yeah I’m going to tell just cause I can

      Aug 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Edwin Baca

      Santa Fe has a large gay population it’s about time they have a gay mayor.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol

      Good for him and better for Santa Fe!

      Aug 24, 2013 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rand503

      Santa Fe is a small artsy town filled with history. When I visited there in the early 90s, I was suprised to see a coffee bar in the heart of the old town that sold porn mags, and several of them were VERY obviously gay. Another boutique was selling greeting cards with an obvious gay theme. It was somewhat elating to see it so out in the open in the middle of the touristy area, and everyone seemed nonchalant about it all.

      It’s a great place to visit and has a terrific opera company, so I’m not surprised to hear its residents are okay with the gay.

      Aug 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TreGaySantaFe

      Public reaction and an electric positive feel already permeating the social media realm. Javier’s team ahead of the social media curve here in Santa Fe. This is huge. @dakotahgeo..he is he not running for Governor. Yet. A man to look out for.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      @TreGaySantaFe: Thanks! I couldn’t be happier for Santa Fe or New Mexico! Cheers!

      Sep 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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